Sony NGP will arrive in multiple models, 3G costs extra

As Sony named off each of the NGP's many modern features, all we could see were giant dollar signs piling on top of each other. OLED screen? Near-PS3 level visuals? Two touch screens? This thing's gonna cost a bundle, to be sure. But at least one those perks will be optional and won't be a part of the NGP's standard feature set. According to Eurogamer, 3G support - which will allow users to play online games, download content and continue to ignore the world around them from any place with a signal - is included in a separate NGP model, and will cost extra. Conversely, all models will ship with WiFi capabilities, more or less echoing Apple's strategy with the iPad last year. The actual quote:

“The first thing to clarify, which I'm not sure the presentation did a perfect job of doing today, is that all of the devices will have Wi-Fi capability; a separate SKU will have 3G," said PlayStation Europe rep Andrew House.

"So the user gets a choice. Wi-Fi is available wherever, which clearly is the most important aspect of connectivity and that connected experience; 3G will be a subset of that."


Above: Options!

But what about the rest of the world? Andriasang reports all Japanese models will include 3G, with no option for a WiFi-only version. We'd like to think if Europe receives 3G/WiFi options, the same would happen in the US, but there's no word regarding Sony's NGP plans in the States. Which 3G provider would Sony side with in the US? Verizon? AT&T? We expect E3 will answer all these questions.

While we could argue all day about whether "more power" is a fitting battle plan for a handheld, I think we can all agree acknowledging 3G is an important step in the right direction. Portable gaming has completely changed since the PSP and DS arrived in '04 and '05, and the PSP2/NGP appears to be tailoring itself to trends instead of forcing people to play on Sony's terms. Now about that price...

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  • Balaska - March 2, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    If the 3G is like on my Kindle, i.e. totally free, then 3G could be a real winner.
  • reaperman22 - January 28, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    if the 3g models can be used as a phone im getting one of those models, if not it will be plain old wifi for me
  • spideralex90 - January 28, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    YES. I don't need the 3G. that's why I have a phone and this will hopefully drop the price $40 or $50. We'll see I guess.
  • Zepaw - January 28, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    What makes me perk up about a PSP2 when I have never cared about Sony gaming platforms is the potential for some serious mobile multiplayer gaming.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - January 27, 2011 11:51 p.m.

    I'll hopefully be getting a PSP2 on launch. How much does 3G usually cost monthly?
  • AdonisX82 - January 27, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    I have an idea. I want to post a commercial parody video on Youtube. It will be in the format of Sony's Kevin Butler commercials, but the dialogue will be between the customer and the "VP" about how they got the Yellow light of death and Sony won't help them. I can write a script, which I'll pass on to someone with the equipment and know-how to make a quality video. Any help with this would be appreciated.
  • CancerMan - January 27, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    Excellent, I have no use for the 3g on my phone let alone a psp. Besides I can always tether it to my phone if the need arises.
  • Shagnasty - January 27, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    If they're stealing awesome ideas from everyone else, I hope they have a way to upgrade the 3G antenna to a 4G one like the Motorola Xoom.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 27, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    i would want 3G but ill have to see how much the standard model costs. regardless im pumped as a basketball for this thing.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - January 27, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    3G lets you connect to online games/stores anywhere there's a 3G signal (which is most of the US, at least), so you don't even need a hotspot. Anywhere, anytime. But 3G means you need a provider (like Verizon or AT&T), which means extra $$$ WiFi-only lets you do all the same things, you just have to be near a hotspot. The plus is that using WiFi won't eat up your 3G minutes or bandwidth and access limits, and you don't have to pay someone else extra fees. Honestly I want a 3G-enabled model, because it'll still be able to connect via WiFi when I'm near a hotspot. This all assumes the games will justify how much this thing's gonna actually cost.
  • EvilChicken - January 27, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Why would I actually want 3G
  • batmanboy11 - January 27, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Why offer a wi-fi model...?
  • Phoenix4 - January 27, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    The most clever idea to say it won't cost 599$ like the PS3 hahahahah want psp2 ? 400$ ! but wait a sec it ain't full jajajajaja
  • KaiokenKid - January 27, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    Why wouldnt youw want the 3G model? Espeacily considering all this connectivity this thing has.
  • Wing126 - January 27, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    That's a kick in the testicles.... It better not cost an extra hundred. An extra 20-30 would be alright. No more.

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